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Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 16, 2008 @ 05:50 AM | 16,454 Views
These Russian MI-8 HIP's are all over the place here, and I swear they are crazy. They just kinda do thier own thing, but, they do look cool. And I finally had the time to get a few pictures of one sitting next to us the other day.

The guys on the HIP must have took 50 pics of eachother sitting in our Black Hawk at the M-240 door gun. Then pics with us, then... then... lots of pictures. Nice fellas too.

Anyway, if you have never seen an MI-8, they are a monster. Built like a tank, they certainly are not built for comfort. They can weigh up to about 26000lbs in flight. Pretty good helicopter really. Big old 5 blade rotor (and it turns the wrong way!) and man are they ugly! Well, when compared to a UH-60L anyway!

Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 04, 2008 @ 11:20 PM | 15,036 Views
The other day I got to fly to one of the places everyone wants to go. Its called Bamian (Bamyan), they spell it different ways. Its a New Zealand run base. Great guys too. The senior enlisted guy on the post walked us around showing us things.

Anyway, there used to be some GIANT Buddah statues in the mountain side, but the Talliban or someone blew them up a few years ago. They are currently being re-built. Im not certain of the entire story, but Im sure you can find lots of info on it on-line if you look a little.


Posted by lmopar69 | Apr 04, 2008 @ 06:53 AM | 13,642 Views
We got some more work done on the CP the last two days. Today the weather is crap, so no more progress untill the rain stops. anyway, here are the pics from yesterdays work. Its gettin there.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 31, 2008 @ 11:28 AM | 13,791 Views
Well, we got a lot done over the past few days. Its getting there. If you are wondering why the roof just kinda "stops" like that on the left side, you will know soon enough!

We also have some nice windows we will be installing. Courtesy of a CH-47 that is in for phase maint. Should be pretty neat.

Then comes paint and interior... lots left to do. But, it gives us something fun during our "down time".

I think we will need some flower seeds and the like. We could build some planters on the outside walls for flowers. That might be a nice touch.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 28, 2008 @ 11:50 AM | 13,736 Views
So, we had some "saftey classes" this morning.. manditory stuff ya know. Then we spend the afternoon workin on our current project. Things are lookin pretty good.

yes, before you ask, we framed it all out in 2x6's. The class 4 yard had no 2x4's. So, its gonna be one strong building!

Tomorrow, sheeting and electrical... oooh fun.

More pics will come after some more progress.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 27, 2008 @ 02:42 PM | 12,476 Views
So, we decided our CP (office to you civilian types) is not quite sufficient for what we need. So, I spent the last two weeks working on getting lumber. NOT an easy task. Yes, it took weeks, and yes it took miles and miles of me walking around to convince people I needed lumber. In the end, it all worked out.

So, destruction and construction commenced today around 1pm. These photos show after we ripped up the old "deck" that someone slapped together quite poorly. We now have the new structure for the floor moved in front of the building, leveled, "tied into" the main building and decked with 5/8" plywood.

Tomorrow, and over the next few days or so, we will frame out the walls, roof doors etc... and then we will add a few "touches" of our own. Unfortunatly, we have no 2x4's so it will be "extra heavy duty" with 2x6's for walls etc...

I'll be sure to post pics of the progress when I can.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 14, 2008 @ 09:05 AM | 17,094 Views
Me and some of the guys finally made it down to the Bazaar they have here on Fridays. A bunch of locals come in and sell thier stuff. Here's a few pics from todays walking around.
Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 13, 2008 @ 04:36 AM | 14,447 Views
Here are some pics of our "houses". Lucky for us, we dont really get to spend much time in them. We have 8 people per house, that gives us each approx. 7' x 7' of living area. Kinda tight, but its enough. We also share the houses with millions of little freinds... termites. Gotta love them.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 07, 2008 @ 11:48 AM | 14,126 Views
Well, no pictures of RC airplanes lately... not for awhile either. So, I'll just keep loading you all up with pics from over here.

Today, the clouds were fairly low. looked a litte rough, but good enough to go (legal anyway). Well, a few miles out, it started raining. No big deal. Then the hail hit. Lemme tell ya, at 140 MPH, hail that is just slightly larger than "pea size" will wake you up quick! It only lasted a minute or two though. Our crew chiefs got pelted pretty good before they could get "protected" while manning the door guns.

But, as usual, alls well that ends well. Short day though, only logged 2.2

Enjoy the pics guys/gals.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 05, 2008 @ 02:09 PM | 15,762 Views
Here are some more pictures. Apparently the towers and the big building have some sort of historical value... I dont remember what though. Some "great ruler" guy from many many years ago maybe? I forget. Anyway, they were taken near Kabul, so maybe one of you know what it is.

Posted by lmopar69 | Mar 02, 2008 @ 08:21 AM | 13,128 Views
Here ya go guys. I promised at least one video... took most of the day to load it too. This is from the same flight as the last pictures.

Flying a UH-60L (1 min 22 sec)

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 29, 2008 @ 10:48 AM | 13,322 Views
Went out to Torkam gate today along the Pakistan border, to Jalalalalabad, and a little place named Kogiani. Had to take the Chaplain out to do services for the boys that are in the middle of nowhere.

Nice flight, no bullets zinging by our heads, so, all in all, successful mission. We came back in through a really neat little valley with a river and waterfall. Nice, slow, fun flight.


Cant get the pictures loaded yet for some reason... they are coming though.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 24, 2008 @ 11:05 PM | 13,464 Views
Here are some more current pictures guys.

Nothing says "Goodmorning" like hot cup of coffee, a M240 Machine gun mounted to a UH-60 and a full belt of ammo!

Seems like you all enjoy seeing the pics, so I will keep posting them!

I will try to add some pics of "the guys" as we go along sometime.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 22, 2008 @ 09:20 AM | 12,227 Views
Hey folks,

If you watch the news or read the papers Im sure you saw the article about the helicopters full of senators etc... that landed on a mountain over here in Afghan. Yeah, it WAS us, 7 of my buddies and myself. Yeah, it sucked, and yeah, it was cold as heck. We were out there for too dang long in the snow, rain, ice, sleet and wind. But, we had CAS (close air support) flying over (F-15s and A-10s) head at nearly all times and they had a live Predator feed going the whole time too (when they could see anyway).

It was pretty hairy at first, but once we were on the ground all was ok. We had about 100 or so locals (freindly? who knows) all around on the mountain tops watching all night. No shots fired, so, we didnt either. Its all good.

Shortly after the landing, we had ground guys (Arizona National Guard) mobilized and on thier way to our location. Now, about the AZ guys... AWESOME is the only word to describe them. I have worked with many active and guard units, and these fellas were TOP NOTCH for sure. Outstanding. The guys stood outside, all night and all day, in the rain, snow, wind etc... Tough as nails, and didnt complain for a second. A huge thank you goes out to those boys for doin what they do best.

So, part of their force took the senators, generals ect... back "home" and the rest stayed with us. Then it was a waiting game for weather to clear. Now, 37 hours after we departed, we are "home".

Good times good times. I have some pics of the area, weather ect... and I'll post them when I can.

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 19, 2008 @ 10:30 AM | 12,472 Views
I said there would be some in flight pics from over here, so here they are.

These are from around the Kabul area.
Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 18, 2008 @ 11:46 AM | 10,401 Views
Just some pictures of another day in "the office". Yeah, not your typical office I guess, but, its all I got!

Thanks for everything folks, and I'll see ya at SEFF '09!

Posted by lmopar69 | Feb 10, 2008 @ 12:14 PM | 10,335 Views
Just figured I'd post some pics of my new home for a year +.

We are at 5000 feet when we are on the ground here in Bagram, Afghanistan. So, you can imagine what its like goin over those mountains!

The sure do look nice though!

Soon I'll post some pics flyin over/through them.

Posted by lmopar69 | Jan 28, 2008 @ 12:51 PM | 10,983 Views
Well, as most of you know, Im kinda out of flying for awhile, well, RC flying anyway. Im in Bagram, Afghanistan for the next 14 months flyin Black Hawks. So, I'll still be around, just not with any planes for awhile.

Cant wait for SEFF 09!! lol

Laine... Out.
Posted by lmopar69 | Dec 15, 2007 @ 01:38 AM | 11,885 Views
Video from the ground...

Maiden Flight of the 13 foot span Ohio Combat SRT/10 (4 min 38 sec)

Video from the on-board Fly Cam One...

(link is fixed now)

Thanks everyone!